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Xavier Soule
Portfolio Reviewer


SIPF Portfolio Review is a springboard for works to be picked up by local and international reviewers. This year, we have a wide selection of portfolio reviewers ranging from editors to curators to festival directors. You will get to present your works to these professionals and receive useful advice and guidance on your works and careers.

In this 6th edition, a participant will be awarded the Best Portfolio Review Prize which gives him/her the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition in the next edition of SIPF in 2020.

Each participant can meet 7 reviewers of their choice, in a one-to-one individual 20-minute session. Participants should bring their actual printed portfolio for review. Presentation of digital files on a laptop is possible but not encouraged.

About the Reviewer
Xavier Soule, is the CEO of Abvent Group, which includes VU’ Gallery, the largest photography gallery in Paris and the internationally acclaimed VU’ Agency representing photojournalists all over the globe, and Abvent, a leading provider of digital technologies for architecture, image and design in over 108 countries. Abvent Group (and VU’ Gallery) are located in the historic Hotel Paul Delaroche in Paris.

Xavier graduated as Architect dplg (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris), PhD in history of Contemporary Art and Master in Sciences and Technics for art preservation (Paris 1-Sorbonne). He is a board member of several professional organizations, such as Sorbonne UFR04 and Auguste Perret Association, and most recently he served as the dean of ESA (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture) in 2012/13, the oldest school of architecture in France.

Xavier began his career as an architect and his interest in digital solutions grew from his architectural work. After creating Abvent in 1985 and working to expand its global reach, in 1998 he decided to pursue his long standing interests in photography by opening VU’ Gallery and incorporating the famous VU’ Agency in Abvent Group.

Preference
A collector himself, Xavier is interested in seeing a wide array of photography. He is particularly interested in cutting edge photojournalism and contemporary work which offers an innovative approach to expanding our visual understanding of the world, the men and the light. Xavier can conduct reviews in French and English.

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